For QB coach, Bills pick former WR coach

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PHILADELPHIA – 2005: David Culley of the Philadelphia Eagles poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Getty Images)

David Culley became the latest assistant hired by Sean McDermott that comes to Buffalo with a boatload of experience. 

There’s one important difference. Culley doesn’t have any NFL experience in the job McDermott hired him to do. 

The Bills announced Culley as their new quarterbacks coach on Tuesday. There was speculation late Monday night this move was coming. 

In Culley’s 23 year NFL career, he has only been a wide receivers coach. He hasn’t coached quarterbacks since 1988 at Southwestern Louisiana. 

Culley was a quarterback as a player at Vanderbilt and was recruited to the Commodores by a young defensive coordinator named Bill Parcells. 

He was the first African-American quarterback in Vanderbilt history. 

After 15 years coaching colleges, Culley broke into the NFL with Tampa Bay in 1994. He worked with the Bucs two seasons and then went to Pittsburgh for three more. 

Culley’s next stop was a 14-year stint in Philadelphia, where he worked on the same Andy Reid staff for 12 years with McDermott. 

When Reid left to take the Chiefs head coaching job, Culley followed. For the last four years, he’s been Kansas City’s wideout coach and carried the title of assistant head coach. 

Culley’s name has occasionally been rumored for various offensive coordinator vacancies.

His experience and qualifications to be a quarterbacks coach are a mystery at this point, but McDermott knows Culley well. 

In Sean, the Bills trust. 

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